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    How to Clean Leftover Grease

    Do you save your leftover grease in a can? You don't have to throw leftover grease from bacon, sausage, hamburgers etc. away. Reuse it by making your own lard, or add birdseed to make your own bird fat.

    Back when we couldn't afford to buy shortening, we retified (cleaned) our leftover grease. Here's how:

    1.Melt the grease that is in the can till it is loose enough to pour into a pot.
    2. Add twice as much water as you have grease.
    3. For each cup of smelly fat, add two table spoons of vinegar or lemon juice in half a cup of water and boil.
    4. Boil the grease and water for about a half hour.
    5. Let cool then refrigerate.


    Once it cools the grease will float to the top and harden. Run a knife around the edge of the hardened grease and flip it out of the pot onto your hand. Some scum will be on the bottom, scrape it off with a knife. Now the grease is clean and reuseable

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    Lynn,
    I remember growing up and having the crisco can on the stove. But we never did any filtering that way. Mom would have us run the warm lard thur a cheese cloth. Then we would put the filtered lard in the refig. Two cans were always on hand for this.
    And we would only use the lard after that for frying potatoes,cooking eggs and to cook some meats with.
    How the times have changed---I think now you might get me back to some of the basics here,a little more (Frugal Savings)?
    A Good Post here Thanks
    JoAnn
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    Lynn,

    Thanks we used to use the can with a metal coffee type filter to get the big bits, then warm up and restrain one more time ..

    This sounds easier .. Messy but easier

    Today I don't use much bacon grease but I still saved the info

    Have you tried using this for making soap? I know Nana did use her grease to make soap .. Unfortunately not a skill that was passed on (my mom thought it was gross)

    Ria

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    Ria,
    When you said your mother thought making soap out of grease was gross --- I had to laugh. I really think it's gross too. I"ll go out on the back dock at work and the is a lg. dumpster w/old grease --- talk about stink and gross--I aways think there is my next bar of soap yuck...
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    My parents used to keep the grease in a coffee can too Granny used to use it to make soap....but I was always to scared to use it LOL.....I save mine in a coffee can too.
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